Chateau of Maisons-Laffitte

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Chateau of Maisons-Laffitte

Chateau of Maisons-Laffitte
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10:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
The Chateau de Maisons was built in the 17th century on a hill overlooking a bend in the Seine. It is the work of the king's architect François Mansart who was then at the very pinnacle of his glorious career. The majesty, symmetry and harmonious forms of this splendid chateau make it an architectural masterpieces of its age. The Chateau de Maisons stands on the edge of Saint-Germain forest and was used as the king's residence after he had been hunting. Open:> 15th May to 14th September: from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.> 15th September to 14th May: from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed:> Tuesdays.> 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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maelmihi
Kuwait City, Kuwait143 contributions
very nice Chateau in the heart of Paris
Oct 2019
Very nice experience in the heart of Paris for vising a Chateau. We'd a special tour which was very informative with a lot of information shared with the group.
Written October 22, 2019
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Amanda1954
Swanwick, UK6 contributions
Plenty to see here
Sep 2019 • Couples
Imposing chateau with links to Versailles, well worth a visit whilst exploring this elegant town on the banks of the Seine. Closes at lunchtime so plan accordingly! Only 500m from the Parc and 10 minutes from the town centre and RER
Written September 10, 2019
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Aqua_Uomo
Toronto, Canada6,039 contributions
Meet Mansart. Beautiful castle, sad story on both.
Apr 2019 • Solo
I write many reviews on castles, but this will be a long one, please take your time reading it.
I wanted to see this castle, didn’t just add it on my 20-castle list in April for no reason, mainly due to architectural reasons. It was entirely designed by the famous French architect François Mansart, probably the most accomplished architect of 17th century. He is not only famous for (among many) Chateau de Maisons, Château de Balleroy and Château de Blois ( these are other must-see castles in France) but for inventing the double slope gambrel roof which is still used these days under the name of Mansard Roof. Masisons-Lafitte is a very elegant example of this roof. I am an architect, I am fascinated by roofs and old buildings.
Maisons-Laffite was built in 1650s, it displays a high degree of refinement, subtlety, and elegance but it comes with a very sad story, just like its designer Mansart that was targeted by political and professional enemies, falsely accused of wild extravagance and machinations and following Louis XIV accession as king he lost many jobs, (including remodeling Louvre) dying in disgrace in 1666.
The castle never found its owner, it passed through 2 dozen of owners till the last one who demolished a part of it including stables and gates and farmed a big part of the property. Just before he died in 1900, he donated it to the municipality of Vyborg, which decided to keep his art collection but sell the château. No offers were submitted but eventually the State purchased the castle in 1905 just to save it from destruction.
Moreover, the style of this castle had much influence in future architecture. A few know that Château de Franconville was built having Maisons-Laffite as a model, also Plaza Constitución built in 1887 in Buenos Aires, currently a terminal train station was used as a model. The last but not the least, a Chinese multi-millionaire business man built a copy of Chateau Maisons in the suburbs of Beijing and enhanced it by adding two wings, perfect copies of Palace of Fontainebleau!
The front of the castle is under renovations, just the South part, and the entire front, new landscape and interlocking, but it is still accessible. I was there on April 20. If you are into architecture and interested in the introduction of classicism into Baroque architecture of France this is a must see structure! Enjoy!
Written April 30, 2019
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Catherine L
51 contributions
A jewel of classical architecture
Jan 2019 • Solo
An outstanding XVIIth century château nested at the entrance of a huge park, a place which preceeded and announced Versailles! Both a beautiful façade and a refined inner decoration, with some nicely furnished rooms, tapestry and paintings. Temporary exhibition for the 200 years of Jacques Laffitte (1818-2018) who was at the origin of the current 'Cité du Cheval' through the château, the park, then horse riding and horse races.
Written January 16, 2019
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PhilTandy
Rueil-Malmaison, France141 contributions
Well preserved and well worth a visit
Aug 2018
This chateau has commanding views west towards the forest of St Germain and east acros the Seine towards Paris. The garden is not being looked after and there is work going on outside, so concentrate on the interior.
This would be a good wet day option, but to do it justice you would really need about 2 hours. The audio guide is very helpful and takes you room by room through the whole chateau.
Highlights for me were the grande salle and mirror room on the upper floor - the latter is a small circular room with a beautiful inlaid parquetry floor.
Written August 9, 2018
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rogereve w
62 contributions
Beautiful
Jul 2018 • Couples
Visited this beautiful house a short bike ride from where we were camping , access to different areas was very good and we thoroughly enjoyed it, the small gift shop was good and staff were lovely.
Written July 1, 2018
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JeanDublin m
Bray, Ireland161 contributions
Un Chateau Belle
Nov 2017 • Couples
We visited here on 9th november and at last got to go inside (we camped in Camping International in the town 4 times when our children were small but never got to visit the Chateau - it was always closed) The front is being restored but that didn't take away from the beauty of the building - its amazing inside and out. We loved going through the rooms where there was an explanation in English. The Architecture is striking and we would recommend visiting here if you want to see a classical Chateau with a great Family History and a History of France.
Written November 21, 2017
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laberma
Philadelphia, PA4 contributions
Architecturally stunning
Aug 2017
I can't stop thinking about the chateau of Maisons-Laffitte since my visit two weeks ago. The design of the home is unusual and overwhelmingly beautiful, with sculpture and bas-relief everywhere you look. I went on an overcast day, which added to the beauty and mystery of it, and the personal story of Longeuil and his architectural tribute to his wife is extremely romantic. I can't wait for my next visit and will be telling everyone I know to make this chateau part of their French experience.
Written August 28, 2017
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Gehrig S
Province of Alicante, Spain238 contributions
In restauration - gardens overgrown and building covered with a shroud
Jun 2017
What a huge disappointment! The building was in reconstruction but the website neglected to mention it. The grounds were overgrown and filled with windblown garbage. The only other visitors were a disappointed Chinese couple who likewise had travelled to see a Marsart masterpiece.
Written June 18, 2017
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Terry D
Castle Cove, Australia1,996 contributions
Worth a visit if you are staying nearby
May 2017 • Couples
The chateau was undergoing renovations in May 2017 so we didn't go inside. As you can see from the photo it's an attractive looking chateau and is worth a visit if you are staying nearby.
Written May 31, 2017
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